I hear ya. Here is my story with a similar conclusion - I have been Looping for the last 1½ yrs, with a 7 year old 523 and G5. While the system worked ok, I personally got completely burnt out of all carb counting, device carrying, device charging etc etc. From having had only a Paradigm Veo + Freestyle libre and still getting Hba1c of 5,8-6,2, I ended up carrying an old pump (insecurity), a rileylink, an iphone and usually an apple watch, whereof all of them, except for pump required charging. If I would miss to enter carbs the sugar would sky rocket and it took a while before Loop would bring it down.
So, two weeks ago, I disconnected from everything and put on an omnipod that I had collecting dust and my G5 via the iphone, just to test. The outcome is more or less the same as with Loop, if not better. Maybe because I’m more aware of what I’m eating now that I don’t have a system doing the cover-up for me. But still, I need to carry a phone, which has also contributed to me getting a tech-burn-out.
So now, I have asked my doc to prescribe a 640G with enlites, which will, hopefully make it possible for me to live with a pump only, i.e. taking away the need for a phone to control the sugar.
I completely disliked the 640G due to the size, the screen orientation and complete user unfriendliness when it comes to menus and commands, which is the reason I kept the Veo. But then again, it is still the best package if you want to have a low sugar guard plus cgm plus no other thing to carry.
So now I’m waiting. Loop is good, if you have the patience and discipline. For me it just got too much and I got obsessed with following the readings and fine tuning. And all of that to bring the range from 5,8-6,2 to 5,7-5,9. Not worth it.